10 Must-Listen Podcasts for Creative Arts Students: An Essential Playlist

By: Georgia Schumacher

September 25, 2018

No matter what your passion, our list of top podcasts has something for every creative arts student . Whether your creativity asserts itself while you’re at your desk, in a recording booth, on a film or photography shoot, in the kitchen, or wherever else you work, we’ve got the podcast for you!

10 Must-Listen Podcasts for Creative Arts Students

Design Matters with Debbie Millman

Self-labeled the world’s first podcast about design, Design Matters with Debbie Millman has been broadcast since 2005 (13 years and counting!). Debbie’s interviews engage talented creatives in discussions that are both thought-provoking and entertaining. Browse her seemingly endless archives by discipline to find everyone from chefs to cartoonists, art directors to fashion designers, filmmakers to photographers, and much, much more.

Creative Pep Talk

Hosted by illustrator Andy J. Miller, Creative Pep Talk is exactly the pick-me-up its name implies. Through artist interviews and personal stories, the show offers creative professionals encouragement and practical advice for pushing through burnout, blocks, and imposter syndrome. What’s more, it covers the nuts and bolts of building your creative career, including getting clients, developing a brand, marketing your work, and managing money.

99% Invisible

99% Invisible is a fascinating look into all the things we’ve never before questioned. It reminds you that essentially everything, everywhere was designed by someone. In each episode, host Roman Mars tells the story behind an unnoticed piece of architecture and design work that shapes our daily lives and interactions.

Imaginary Worlds

Hear from screenwriters, novelists, comic book artists, filmmakers, and game designers discussing the complex work of creating fictional worlds in this show from host Eric Molinsky. He explores not only the process of creating fantasy and science fiction worlds, how these stories relate to our real lives, and what exactly it is that makes fans suspend their disbelief.


If you’re interested in creating beautiful websites and online experiences, this podcast covers topics related to front end design, development, and UX. Every week, an expert guest joins Dave Rupert and Chris Coyier to chat about the latest in web technology and answer questions from listeners. It’s the perfect way to make sure you stay in the know!

Twenty Thousand Hertz

This podcast might especially attract our audio production students, but, really, all you need to enjoy this podcast is a love of storytelling and a penchant for asking why. In Twenty Thousand Hertz, host, executive producer, and audio expert Dallas Taylor digs into the stories behind the world’s most well-known sounds. From commercial jingles to emergency alerts to the sounds of casinos, theme parks, and computer interfaces, you’ll learn why they sound the way they do!

The Unmistakable Creative

Combine TEDTalks with Oprah and you get the Unmistakable Creative—or so says ther iTunes description—and it’s pretty spot on. The Unmistakable Creative helps you kick creativity block to the curb and discover more purpose in your work and your life. Tune in for thought-provoking personal tales, actionable advice, and in-depth interviews with world-class artists, writers, and researchers.

The Splendid Table

Celebrating the ways that food can touch and shape our lives, The Splendid Table is perfect for those who get equally as excited about food culture as food itself. Each week, this podcast features diverse guests united by their passion for the culinary world, who guide you in learning about the methods of cooking and eating employed around the globe.

The Wandering DP

For cinematography inspiration and industry news, check out The Wandering DP podcast. From one-on-one interviews with top directors of photography to detailed advice on techniques you can use to capture better images, this podcast can serve as one of your go-to resources on digital cinematography.

Pop Fashion

Pop Fashion keeps you up-to-date on fashion and retail news and trends while also covering business and creativity. The hosts bring insider industry knowledge to the podcast, as one is a former wardrobe stylist of 10 years and the other a former vintage shop owner. When not making podcasts, both hosts also write about fashion and retail. Smart and funny, these two ladies deserve a listen.

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By: Georgia Schumacher

September 25, 2018